Smackdown [July 12, 2013]

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Daniel Bryan and Christian open the show with a pro wrestling clinic

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  • Daniel Bryan submits Christian with the YES! Lock
  • Teddy Long gives Dolph Ziggler the night off in the back so that he doesn’t interfere in Alberto Del Rio’s match. Ziggler accuses Teddy of being “cool” with ADR.
  • Seth Rollins w/ Roman Reigns pins Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso when Rollins hits Jey with a jumping stomp to the head
  • Chris Jericho defeats Curtis Axel via countout when Jericho’s Codebreaker sends Axel out of the ring
  • Ryback pins Miz via his Meathook Clothesline into Shell Shocked sequence after faking an injury
  • Renee Young interviews Sheamus backstage. He says he’s going to win MITB and then drops some game on her.
  • AJ Lee and Kaitlyn have a contract signing. AJ says that she’s the reason that the Divas Division matters. Teddy Long shuts her down and tells her hurry up and sign to the crowd’s amusement. AJ reads negative personal texts that Kaitlyn supposedly wrote about other Divas. Kaitlyn just calls AJ a crazy broad, all hell breaks loose, Kaitlyn slaps the hell out of Big E., and spears AJ HARD to end the segment.
  • Fandango pins Wade Barrett with a roll up in a quick match
  • Cole mentions that Kane isn’t cleared by the doctors to compete in the MITB All Stars match
  • Super muscular Sin Cara knocks out Alberto Del Rio with the Zig Zag before the match officially starts. Sin Cara celebrates the only way Dolph Ziggler Sin Cara can.
  • Vickie Guerrero is at ringside and starts complaining about being fired. Teddy Long has her escorted out of the building.
  • The real Sin Cara catches Ziggler explaining to Teddy Long that he left his iPhone in the locker room. Both Teddy and Sin Cara look at each other and shake their heads to end the segment.
  • Sheamus and Randy Orton wrestled to a no-contest when Daniel Bryan brought a ladder in and took both of them out. Christian also came down and tried to climb the ladder but was knocked off by Daniel Bryan. Orton comes in and RKO’s Bryan, and slowly climbs the ladder and grabs the briefcase to end the show

Highlights

Daniel Bryan and Christian can wrestle every week in a best of 47 matches series as far as I’m concerned. I took a few weeks off so the can have vacations throughout the wrestling calendar year. I found it interesting that Christian’s simple slaps to the face earned almost the same reactions as Bryan’s brutal kicks to the body. I think that says a lot about Christian’s expertise in his in-ring craft.

The match itself was superb and filled with a lot great moments that only two great workers could create for the audience. The ending was well done with Christian selling the no-lock like a beast struggling to get out of a bear trap. What a great opener.

Rollins vs. Jey was a solid affair. I normally can’t stand pro wrestling’s tendency to promote racial stereotypes, but I loved how they played up Jey Uso having a hard head that was not affected by being rammed into three different turnbuckles. I also enjoyed seeing Rollins’ other finisher, the jumping head stomp. Very sick.

I liked Jericho vs. Axel, but I didn’t love it. I always find myself being more entertained with what Paul Heyman is doing outside of the ring instead of what Axel is doing inside of the ring. Chris Jericho should be involved with high profile feuds instead of giving the rub to the upstart wrestlers of the midcard. Jericho is just too talented for that. Some of the highlights were Axel’s hanging neckbreaker when Jericho’s feet were on the second rope and Jericho’s always reliable enziguri.

Ryback vs. Miz was placed as the main event off the first hour. So far this was a singles match heavy Smackdown, which is a great thing when the matches are this solid. They needed to make Ryback look strong here since he’s been booked to be quite the whining pussy the last few weeks. I enjoyed how Miz attacked Ryback’s leg here. I hope he continues to this in future matches.

I loved the Divas contract signing. I care about this match more than a few other matches at MITB. I hope the WWE gives the Divas division this much attention after the Bellas’ reality show.

Fandango’s win was just a prop to hype the Smackdown Money in the Bank match. This is the second or third time where Dean Ambrose, the other Smackdown MITB participant, wasn’t part of the segment.

Orton vs. Sheamus was an entertaining main event. I still say Sheamus and Orton are better when they’re wrestling opponents that have that scientific-indy style like Punk and Daniel Bryan. Orton definitely carried the match with his overall connection with the crowd.

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